By now, it is evident to the Hawks organization that they are more than determined to trade their versatile forward Josh Smith before this year's trade deadline. Before I throw out this trade idea, let me say I am a CELTICS fan and I just do these trades because I see them as being realistic in regards of circumstances for each team and somewhat beneficial for all teams involved. So here's what I think. ..
For the Hawks, I feel like they make out with the best deal possibly available to them. I hear they are asking for a young center in return for J. Smith, and while Gortat isn't exactly young, he is definitely a serviceable big man with a reasonable contract. Kawhi Leonard is the glue of this deal, a very good role player in San Antontio that has potential to be more in a less concentrated offense. I do think San Antonio would be reluctant to part with him since he does his job so well, but that might be a sacrifice they'd make. A core of Leonard/Horford isn't a winning formula, but certainly doesn't put you on the path of being lottery bound for several seasons or more. C. Joseph as a throw in, the Spurs are loaded with young point guards, and De Colo is faring rather well. This move could move Horford to the four, where the Hawks think he is more capable of succeeding. In my own opinion, I think he has become more accustomed to the 5 position, but whatever.
For the Spurs they get the "best" player in the deal in Smith. This would be a move that is for now and the future. As I mentioned, Kawhi would be a tough one to give up, but Ginobili may be even tougher to give up given his history with the team. He is in the last year of his contract, and if you ask me, he seems to be fading from that "Big 3" in San Antonio. Not because of his skill set diminishing, but it just seems that he's been injured more often than not and the Spurs have a system that doesn't really lose too much without him. No knock on Manu. The X-factor of this deal to me is Jared Dudley, who is essentially the same kind of player as Leonard. In terms of their job on the court (Defend, knock down open 3's), they bring the same things to the table, Dudley just does it with a little less explosiveness, well, maybe a lot less. I also hear they are willing to move Blair, who I think is a great energy and rebounding player that I would love to have on the Celts, but this isn't about us. Ultimately, I think J-Smoove would be a nice fit in SA with their free flowing offense.
This is where my explanation goes awry. You may ask "Why would the Suns do this"? Well, I'm not exactly sure why they would do this, other than they have no direction in the first place. I was one of the few who thought the Suns didn't do too bad in the offseason. Dragic is a feasible replacement for a future HOF in Steve Nash, and he is playing well. I thought adding Scola would give them somewhat of an inside scoring presence, not that he is dominant, but he can definitely get in where he fits in. The additions of Johnson and Beasley is where I thought they would either have the biggest surprise, or the biggest upset. I rarely ever watch the Suns myself, but from what I hear, the Suns are not happy with Beasley, and barely ever play Johnson. Adding Ginobili wouldn't be doing anything but scrapping it all and truly starting from scratch. With his contract up at the end of this year, they will have cap space. I do think the concept of having cap space is overrated, especially if you're a small-market team like Phoenix. What this does is enable Phoenix to do is choose exactly where they want their money to go heading into next season. D. Blair could be resigned for a low cost because I really do think he can be a Faried-type impact player on the game as far as intensity and aggressiveness.
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